This was the first of the Universal Sherlock Holmes movies starring Rathbone and Bruce and the first to be updated from the late 19th century to contemporary (1940s) times, a move which offended many aficionados of the famed detective stories. In addition, Universal virtually ignored the
Arthur Conan Doyle's stories in favor of their own increasingly outlandish mysteries. This, the first of three Holmes films to be used as out-and-out WW II propaganda, has Holmes (Rathbone) single-handedly saving Britain from a German invasion during WW II. Invited by a suave diplomat (Denny) to a
meeting of the "Intelligence Inner Council," Holmes is asked to thwart a series of sa...